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3 countries with green and white flags

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The number of countries in the world is staggering. They are unique in their geography, location, population, national symbols, coat of arms and flags. Learning about the flags of other countries is a fascinating topic. Have you ever wondered about the history of a country's flag, what its symbols mean, or what its colors mean? If so, you'll enjoy reading this article!

Today we will explore the only country in the world that flies a green and white flag. These two colors are currently used in the national flags of only three countries. Let's explore what these flags represent to their countries and what these specific colors mean to them.

1. Flag of Nigeria

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The flag of Nigeria is a vertical green, white and green tricolor.

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Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi came up with the idea for the Nigerian flag in 1959 after the National Planning Commission held a competition to determine the design of the flag. More than 3,000 entries were received. The selected flag has three horizontal stripes of green, white and green. On October 1, 1960, the country's Independence Day, this design was officially adopted as the national flag!

Green represents agriculture and white represents strength and unity. Akinkunmi chose the colors because of their historical significance; he wanted the flag to represent the optimism of the Nigerian people. Since Nigeria's independence, the flag has flown proudly over the country's capital and major cities.

2. Flag of Pakistan

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The flag of Pakistan is green with a white crescent and star.

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On August 11, 1947, three days before the partition of British India, the All India Muslim League adopted the Pakistani flag at the Pakistan Constituent Assembly meeting. This flag later became the official flag of the Dominion of Pakistan. It was preserved when the constitution was promulgated in 1956 and is still used as the national flag of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The flag of Pakistan is green with a white stripe on the left and a white crescent and star. It has a lot of symbolism and is even mentioned in the third verse of the national anthem.

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As indicated by the dark green hue of the field, the vast majority of the country's population is Muslim. Additionally, the flag has a white vertical stripe on the left side. People of color are represented by bars. Religious significance is attributed to the crescent moon in Islam, as it represents hope for the future. Finally, the stars are symbols of enlightenment and wisdom.

3. Flag of Saudi Arabia

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The flag of Saudi Arabia features a white sword and text on a plain green background

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In 1932, Hejaz and Nejd merged to form what is now Saudi Arabia. The flag is green with white vertical stripes and features a white banner and a scabbard (sword). In 1934, the width of the white vertical stripes was halved, and by 1938, they had been completely eliminated. 1973 saw the introduction of the current logo.

The flag of Saudi Arabia is dark green with Muslim teachings. Below the creed, is a white sword. Islam is symbolized by green. The sword is a symbol of a fair and efficient judicial process. "There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah" constitutes the creed or oath displayed on the flag. Interestingly, the flag reads the same from left to right as it reads from right to left, and the meaning of the Shahaha is the same. The logo was first introduced in 1973 and is still in use today.

In summary

Although many flags, cities, states, and countries around the world feature both colors, the three countries we explore today are the only ones in the world that use only green and white in their designs. The colors used in flag design are usually the first thing people notice. While each color has its own meaning based on each country's history and culture, and there is no general agreement on what each color represents, there are some commonalities.

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White is often associated with peace and unity. Also, it may represent openness and peace. It can represent snow on a mountain as a natural metaphor. Green is a unique color often associated with meanings related to the natural world. Some examples of these are farmlands, grasslands, woodlands, and other typical landscapes of a given country. However, green also has religious connotations and is associated with feelings of love, hope and joy. Others consider it a symbol of prosperity, wealth and fertility.

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